The Williamston police department investigated several unrelated incidents of fighting involving juveniles, two of which involved a popular social media site. Among incidents investigated were the following:
Feb. 2 – Williamston Police officers are investigating an incident in which a Williamston residents received a counterfeit twenty dollar bill in change from a local store. The resident visited a store in Pelzer and a store in Williamston and was not sure where she received the bill. The Secret Service is being notified and the incident remains under investigation. Cpl. L. E. Mulz investigated.
Feb. 5 – James M Shackelford, 79, 35 Chapman Lane Piedmont reported numerous transactions and unauthorized withdrawals amounting to $20,000 on a credit card. Some of the transactions were in the Williamston area as well as other areas. The case is being forwarded to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office for review. G. Creamer investigated.
Feb. 6 – Williamston officers seized a Cobra FS380 handgun valued at $200 from an Anderson man after his vehicle was observed on Anderson Drive with no working taillights. According to reports, Anthon N. Swilling, 30, of Anderson had a CDV conviction which prohibits him from possessing a firearm or ammunition. He was issued a warning for the taillight violation and the firearm was placed into evidence. Sgt. K. J. Winn investigated.
Feb. 6 – Crystal G. Cruz, 30, 104 Brian Ct., Williamston was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor after officers observed her encouraging a fight involving her 12-year-old daughter and another 12-year-old juvenile female.
According to reports, officers observed the two minor females fighting in the area of 11 W. Main St. The mother and several other children were in a white Chevrolet SUV “encouraging the females to fight.” The incident allegedly began over some facebook messages.
Feb. 8 – Allison Renee Staton, (age redacted) 12 Green St., Pelzer was arrested for two outstanding bench warrants after officers responded to 297 S Highway 20 regarding a shoplifting incident. M. E. Simmons investigated.
Feb. 9 – Winston Frank Woodward Jr., 39, 13 Sunset Ct., Williamston was arrested for possession of stolen goods after a vehicle he was driving was observed making an improper turn on Gossett Dr. According to reports, Woodward denied consent to search the vehicle, so the Anderson County K9 unit was called in. The K9 did alert on the driver and the passenger doors of the vehicle. A cup with .5 grams of green leafy substance was found in the vehicle as well as a laptop computer reported stolen in Greenville County. A passenger in the vehicle, Candice Reece, 29, no address given, was arrested for simple possession of marijuana. C. Whitfield investigated.
Feb. 6 – Ludivina Garcie, 44, 14 Black St., Williamston reported a stereo and three boxes of miscellaneous tools were taken from a red Honda Civic. The tools were valued at $200. Cpl. L. E. Mulz, Sgt. C. Whitfield investigated.
Officers investigated an incident in which two eleven-year-old juveniles began arguing on Facebook. The incident escalated when a 16-year-old and two 14-year-olds became involved taking up for the eleven year olds. The incident did come to a physical confrontation between the parties however no injuries were sustained and no arrestes were made. The Department of Juvenile Justice was notified and advised that all or none of the parties could be referred to DJJ for disciplinary action. Reports state there was no formal referral. J. Rogers investigated.
Feb. 4 – Two juvenile females were referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) following an incident in which they were fighting in a hallway at Palmetto High School, 804 N. Hamilton St. J. Rogers investigated.